Associated Press

Dolly Parton says she's expanding her philanthropic work with children through a partnership with the United Way of America.

The entertainer says her Imagination Library and the United Way have set a goal to provide free books monthly to 1 million children by 2014.

That's double what the literacy initiative now serves.

She joined Brian Gallagher, chief executive of the national nonprofit, to make the announcement at a conference in Detroit today. Parton also performed her hit "9 to 5."

The program founded by Parton in her home state of Tennessee in the mid-'90s operates in the U.S., Canada and Britain.

She recently spent several weeks in New York working on "9 to 5: The Musical," a stage version of the 1980 movie in which she starred.
Panera Bread of Southeastern Michigan will officially open its first drive-thru in Michigan on Tuesday, May 19 at 5:30 a.m. at the Roseville bakery-cafe, located at 31960 Gratiot Ave.

Panera is asking the community to celebrate the drive-thru grand opening by “driving thru for a cause” and donating $1 to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Roseville, taking place June 6-7 at Veterans Memorial Park in Roseville.

Anyone who donates $1 on May 19 will receive a free small beverage or coffee courtesy of Panera Bread. “We chose Panera’s Roseville bakery-cafe as Michigan’s first drive-thru location because we felt confident it could accommodate a drive-thru and we want to provide more convenience to the many customers who visit this location,” said Lee Carmona, area director for Panera Bread of the Great Lakes Region.

“We hope everyone will join us in celebrating this new drive-thru venture by stopping by and donating $1 to support Relay For Life of Roseville.”

For more information about Relay For Life of Roseville, visit

Annual Brunch Benefits Hundreds of Homeless Pets

The Michigan Humane Society's 20th annual Bow Wow Brunch attracted 550 to the Ritz-Carlton for auction bidding, brunching, viewing video glimpses of 1989 and stroking the six pets looking for new homes. Three of them succeeded.
Funds raised by the brunch, which was co-chaired by Denise Lutz and Linda Axe, will improve the lives of at least 1,750 animals in need.